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Where the Bodies Are Buried (Sharp Investigations #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,818 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
Detective Catherine McLeod was always taught that in Glasgow, they don’t do whodunit. They do score-settling. They do vendettas. They do petty revenge. They do can’t-miss-whodunit. It’s a lesson that has served her well, but Glasgow is also a dangerous place to make assumptions. Either way she looks at it, she recognises that the discovery of a dead drug-dealer in a back a ...more
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published by Abacus (first published 2011)
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Lance Charnes
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of crime in northern climes
There's something about the far northern latitudes -- the weather, perhaps? -- that seems to bring out the noir in the writers who live there. The whole Scandinoir industry is a case in point; would Harry Hole be such a wreck if he lived on the Costa del Sol? So, too, it goes with Tartan Noir. My main exposure to crime north of the Tweed has been through Ian Rankin, so belatedly taking up Christopher Brookmyre's 2011 Where the Bodies Are Buried was a happy accident. Happy, indeed.

Two parallel in
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You hear these rumours, and they can panic a person. "Christopher Brookmyre has gone straight with his latest book." I was twitchy. How could he (either to his readers or to himself)? Surely the man cannot possibly have lost his acute sense of the bizarre, his sly, dry and clever sense of humour. Could he? Of course not. Daft idea. WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED might be a police procedural, crime fiction based book, but it's classic Chris(topher) Brookmyre from the start to the end. How could it n ...more
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Where the Bodies are Buried’ shows Christopher Brookmyre as a thriller writer almost in complete control of his material. Beginning with a gangland murder and swiftly adding in the mysterious tale of the long lost disappearance of some middle class parents and their child, this book keeps piling on the crimes and red-herrings with a dazzling sureness. Most mystery tales – let’s be honest – would be happy to follow just those two strands through to their denouement. But Brookmyre adds in further ...more
Ian Mapp
The dropping of the "topher" from the first name heralds a bit of a change in direction for the author. The over the top, deliberately wacky plots have been replaced by what can only be desribed as a standard crime novel.

It still has splatterings of Brookmyre wit and comments on the state of glasgow but it is all very toned down and serious.

Looks like a repeating character in Jasmine the would be PI who is investigating the disappearance of her uncle with another sub plot of the murder of a loca
November Is Christmas Scary Spirit The Haunted Reading Room
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to November Is Christmas Scary Spirit by: Great Minds Think Aloud
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A gritty, realistic, down-to-earth and very vivid portrayal of contemporary Glasgow-both the “underside” of crime and the “topside” of crime-hunting and investigation, “Where the Bodies Are Buried” is violent and brutal, yet I found the novel very compelling. Author Christopher Brookmyre delves deeply into his characterisations whilst simultaneously juggling eras some twenty-five years apart, and does so masterfully. Pitting the crime lords against the “polis
Anders Nissen
I'm a huuuge Brookmyre fan, so I have to say Where the Bodies... was a bit of a disappointment. It's not that it's a bad book or that he's not able to turn a plot, but the relatively straight-forward crime story in this novel is rather boring compared to the imaginative, action-packed and hilarious plots of earlier works.
So, Bodies... is an okay snack-sized in-betweener, but us fans are still waiting for the next real thing...
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
This book is the love child of Kate Atkinson and Ian Rankin is a lovely clever fun read and highly recommended to those who like their crime fiction with a side dollop of fleshed out characters.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Grippy, twisty, compulsive reading and characters I want to get to know better. Nice introduction to an author I've heard rave reviews of. Definitely want to read more!
I love this genre of Scottish crime fiction, for almost exactly the opposite of the reasons that I like most of my favourite books. With a lot of books, I love expanding on things, going beyond where you would expect to go, exploring new places, mixing unusual combinations of elements. With tartan noir, it’s the constraints that make the genre what it is, and it is doing clever things within such a narrow framework (your detective should be like this, your tone should be like this, choose settin ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
PROTAGONIST: Detec. Supt. Catherine McLeod; PI Jasmine Sharp
SETTING: Glasgow

Glasgow Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod has been assigned to investigate the death of a drug dealer and quickly finds herself in the middle of a turf war between two local gangs. She is also thwarted at every turn by her colleague Abercorn, who beat her out of a promotion.

At the same time, fledgling actress Jasmine Sharp has been helping her uncle, Jim, with his private investigation agenc
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars This is the first in a new series featuring Catherine McLeod, a detective superintendent, and Jasmine Sharp, an actress turned private investigator. McLeod becomes involved in an investigation into a gangland torture and execution style killing. Sharp is a PI in training by her uncle who disappears. When the police do not take her uncle's disappearance seriously, Sharp takes on the investigation. McLeod and Sharp's paths cross culminating in an exciting and interesting ending. I reall ...more
Rachael Hewison
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
After my first superb taste of Christopher Brookmyre in ‘All fun and games until someone loses an eye’, I decided to go back for more and try a sampling of his more serious, latest work. There seems to be some debate from regular Brookmyre fans as to whether his latest work has lost his original spark and hilarity that makes him such a unique author. I for one thought this was a great and clever book.
Crime novels have the danger of falling into the boring bracket. If there is no attachment to th
Jo Barton
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This introduction to a new Scottish crime series gets off to a good start with an interesting array of characters, and fine attention to detail. The mean and moody streets of Glasgow are portrayed with the confidence of someone who knows the city well, and even though there is an apparent fondness for the place, there is also a realisation that an underworld of criminal activity skulks beneath the surface. There are some clever twists and turns in the plot, which together with a few red herrings ...more
Naomi Blackburn
Jun 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I REALLY did not enjoy this book. I forced myself to push through it so I could write the review. I don't know if this writing style is common for this author, as is reflected by comments by reviewers who have given it higher ratings, but I found it to be discombobulated, simple and felt I had to dig for a deeper story line.

I was attracted to this book because Mark Billinghamcalled this "Val McDermid style of writing". Well, Mr. Billingham..I have read every Val McDermid book
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2012
A change of moniker has brought a change of approach from Mr Brookmyre: the wisecracking is turned way down and the "messages" from previous books are gone.

This is a much more straightforward crime tale, no real twist in the tail (in the style of Christopher Brookmyre), played with a relatively straight bat.

The dialogue still crackles, and the characters feel nicely rounded, so why am I only giving this 3 stars?

I guess it's because I missed the things I've mentioned above. He has written much st
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
I was given this to read through Netgalley. I thought it was going to be a fast paced kind of book. Unfortunately for me, I never really got into the pace of it at all. I've never read anything by this author and to be honest, I am not sure I will again.

I can just about understand the Glasgow accent, but I just never grasped the characters. Sorry to those that did enjoy his book, I just didn't get to grips with it.
Lisa Debruine
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Good, classic Brookmyre. Not as clever as Sacred Art of Stealing, but a great mix of stories that come together at the end and bits that actually surprised me (which tends to be difficult). The characters are all new, and it usually tales me dome time to warm up to new characters, but these were very believable, especially Fallon. Brookmyre does a great job, as always, with his female characters. It makes me think that he really, actually likes women.
Bruce Hatton
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scottish-crime
Brilliantly devious plotting (there's an amazing misdirection in the opening chapter that you won't notice until near the end), a strong cast of memorable characters, acute social observation, all seasoned with liberal doses of wry Glaswegian humour. A combination that is recognisably and uniquely Brookmyre and places him securely in the top tier of the practitioners of Tartan Noir.
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the usual fare I've come to expect from Brookmyre.
Gone is the black humour and ever escalating over the top action.
When did he change styles?
Not that i'm complaining. Sensible Brookmyre is still very, very good.
But I do miss his rants.
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimethriller
More serious tone from Brookmyer, there's stll crime, there are still various points of view, but there's not as much biting humour.
The pace however is still fast and with multi storylines converging it's hard to put down, it's good but I think I prefer his other stuff.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant first time reading this author and loved ever bit next book ordered and can't wait. A great story with a twist
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a departure, this one is not deliberately humourous, but his wit and gift for dialogue still shine.
Carey Combe
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, easy to read, great story, not too over-the-top characters. Love Brookmyre's books
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Brookmyre bring to life Glasgow's, or as some of the locals call it, Glesga's violent, shady past at the hands of the "hard men" of the various gangs polluting the city. This is an auspicious beginning for what, so far, are two other books in this series. What a terrific debut for Jasmine Sharp. She had to give up her dreams of an acting career, withdraw from the Academy to look after her Mum, who died of cancer shortly before the book's beginning. Uncle Jim, her mum's cousin, offers ...more
Tzu-Mainn Chen
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Where the Bodies Are Buried" is a wonderful thriller that I enjoyed more than the two other Brookmyre novels that I have read. This is mostly due to the shift away from Jack Parlabane, the crusading journalist with near-supernatural powers. Instead we have Jasmine Sharp, a young aspiring actress in over her head as an assistant in her uncle's private investigation agency; and Catherine McLeod, a middle-aged Detective Superintendent struggling to balance the darkness in her job with her husband ...more
Abi Jamison
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love a bit of Brookmyre. It took me a wee while to get into it. I love his mad, fantasy stuff and this is much more standard thriller. But his writing is tight and funny. And I knew it was a change of direction (or change back)? So I was expecting it.

A good read.
Ruth Gilbert
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this kind of detective fiction. Great setting and characters and a fast moving plot.
sir bernard o'connell
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Really good story but outstanding characterisations. The human insight into relationships and life were particularly refreshing. Well told tale. Will read other books.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok the slang in this is impossible and do scottish people really call women hen so much?
Or is that like aussies are meant to call women shelia all the time.
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Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author. His debut novel was Quite Ugly One Morning, and subsequent works have included One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, which he said "was just the sort of book he needed to write before he turned 30", and All Fun and Games unti ...more
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Sharp Investigations (3 books)
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“This is Glesca.... Any time you're confused, take a wee minute to remind yourself of that inescapable fact: this is Glesca. We don't do subtle, we don't do nuanced, we don't do conspiracy. We do pish-heid bampot bludgeoning his girlfriend to death in a fit of paranoid rage induced by forty-eight hours straight on the batter. We do coked-up neds jumping on a guy's heid outside a nightclub because he looked at them funny. We do drug-dealing gangster rockets shooting other drug-dealing gangster rockets as comeback for something almost identical a fortnight ago. We do bam-on-bam. We do tit-for-tat, score-settling, feuds, jealousy, petty revenge. We do straightforward. We do obvious. We do cannaemisswhodunit. When you hear hoofbeats on Sauchiehall Street, it's gaunny be a horse, no' a zebra...'.” 3 likes
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